Two former landfill sites will be regenerated with green waste compost and used to grow biofuel crops.
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has announced that the sites, both in County Durham, will use up to 1,000 tonnes of BSI PAS 100:2005 compost per hectare to improve soil quality. Then short rotation coppice willow will be planted for use in biofuel production.
The programme aims to help developers, designers and contractors recognise the benefits of specifying high quality compost for brownfield projects.
Dr Eric Evans owner of Land Remediation Services, the company that manages the two sites at Lumley North and Coxhoe East, said: We specified green waste compost for the project as it is the best form of organic matter to restore the poor quality soils with respect to improving water retention and nutrient levels.
The compost came from Premier Waste Managements Joint Stocks Recycling centre in Coxhoe and is made from garden waste.